Friday, September 23, 2011

Embossed Nature

Hello!  Thanks so much to those of you who are still reading my daughter's story of anorexia and leaving supportive, encouraging comments for me.  I truly treasure each comment I receive, but in particular on that post.  Your comments are part of my own therapy, so thank you!!


I have to admit this was a pretty quick card to make.  The bottom portion, which is brown with a tone on tone pattern, and the glittery yellow strip, was cut from a Hallmark card.  I adhered it to a Close to Cocoa card base (which I already had lying about) then zipped the whole thing through the Big Shot with an embossing folder.  The leaf (from SU's With Gratitude) was already colored and cut out (because you'll soon see this same leaf on another project).  The little die cut tag is from a retired sheet of die cuts (also SU).   All I had to do was stamp it and distress the edges with a little ink.


I used a nail file, the squishy block kind, to distress the bottom of the card.

Challenges entered:
  • Paper Issues (my first time!) - Tree Hugger theme
  • Tuesday Throwdown - Fall theme
  • Ribbon Carousel - Fabric of our Lives theme - include fabric (mine is the abaca natural woven material)
Thanks so much for joining me!  I hope you have a wonderful day.  :-)

Colleen

Stamps:  With Gratitude - SU; Butterflies and Wisteria - MFP
Paper:  part of Hallmark card; Close to Cocoa, Whisper White - SU
Ink:  Antique Linen Distress - Ranger; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Other:  kraft die cut tag - SU; Copic markers; twine, abaca ribbon; Big Shot; Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder - SU; dimensional; sanding block

33 comments:

Benzi said...

Absolutely Gaw-Geous, Colleen. I really love this simple, but fabulous creation. Nice distressing on the bottom and love that ribbon. So glad to see you join Tuesday Throwdown this week.
Thanks for the most beautiful hb card.

lynn said...

i just love this card! the distressing at the bottom is awesome, colleen!

~Tammy~ said...

Totally fabulous!!! The embossing is so beautiful! I sure wish I could find all my folders and the rest of my die cuts! The only dies I have are the ones I have bought since leaving Hawaii! Urgh! (or the few that were on my craft desk) They packed things so crazy, so I may find them when I go to decorate for Christmas! I love love your coloring and your upcycling is always so cool!

Have a great weekend!

NanaConnie said...

Colleen, Since I follow you via e-mail, I had already seen this gorgeous creation in my mailbox but I'm so glad you decided to submit it at Tuesday Throwdown this week. Love the way you distressed only the bottom part of the embossing. Perfect touch!
NanaConnie TT DT

Lisa said...

PERFECT card for the first day of fall Colleen! Love the beautifully colored leaf and the distressing along the bottom. Have a wonderful weekend :)

Tenia Nelson said...

gorgeous!!

Linda B said...

Absolutely beautiful, Colleen. I really love this simple and clean look... love the color combination and distressing on the bottom. A real winner!!!

Bev J. said...

I love seeing how people recycle/repurpose things-too pretty to just throw away and I love your fall themed card!

Marisa said...

Love the EF you used and the qay ou inked or sanded the bottom portion of the card to get the white. Of course, I LOVE maple leaves LOL, and the touch of mesh is fabulous. Great card :) (((hugs)))

Karen Letchworth said...

Your embossed autumn card is absolutely lovely. You did a great job on it. I wish you luck this week. I also entered the challenge at Ribbon Carousel, and I invite you to stop by my blog and take a peek. I'd LOVE to have a new follower, and you can enter to win an antique floral frog I am giving away. I hope you will stop by. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card. Have a blessed week.
Karen
karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH! This is gorgeous! I LOVE the embossing and distressing--love the embellies--it's perfect for Fall:) LOOOOOVE!

barb said...

beautiful! stunning card

Emily Keaton said...

Hard to believe that this was a quick card, Colleen--it looks like it took hours!! And it is completely. absolutely. beautiful. LOVE that fabulous woven mesh--it adds so much texture. And the colors? LOVE them. And way to go with recycling that glittery yellow from a saved Hallmark card (I do that, too!!!) This design is just wonderful--way to go! Have a great weekend, Col!!!!

Ann Schach said...

Gorgeous, Colleen! I love how you distressed the lower embossing!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

A beautiful fall theme card, the colors are so warm and lovely, great texture too!

Donna Bowman said...

Beautiful fall card Colleen!! I LOVE how you colored that leaf!!

Anonymous said...

Is this freakin gorgeous or what? I love this card! I walked Henry today and we saw some trees turning. I had to look fast as he was in a hurry to walk! I thought bassets were couch potatoes! Boy, those little short legs could move! Anyway, I love how you distressed the lower portion too. Lots of different looks could be achieved by changing out the yellow band. Thanks for a beauty of a card and lots of inspiration!

Chris R. from Iowa

Linda R. said...

This is such a beautiful card. That embossed background looks wonderful..

Hugs, Linda

Maria said...

Gorgeous card, Colleen! The leaf looks very real! Very pretty embossing and ribbon treatment! Have a wonderful weekend! Take care and hugs!!:-))

E.T. said...

This is absolutely fabulous Colleen. You can create masterpieces with such a basic design!

Pauline said...

Absolutely gorgeous Colleen! Love that leaf, it looks so real!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love your Fall card! Your leaf is gorgeous! And I love the texture and the burlap type of fabric you used with the twine! Beautiful!

Andrea Ewen said...

This card may have been quick to make, but it's impact is tremendous! Love the sanding...what a great effect! Beautiful bow and lovely leaf. Everything comes together wonderfully on this card, Col!

Bonnie said...

That leaf looks real! I expected to read that you had picked it up out of the yard! Beautiful job of painting. Love the embossing and burlap to go with it.

Sue Lelli said...

This doesn't look like a quick card to make ~ for YOU maybe! The design time alone would have taken me hours! LOVE all of the textures and especially LOVE the sanding at the bottom! GORGEOUS!

Julie Marshall said...

Gorgeous card Colleen! I love that little piece of woven fabric. It's the perfect finishing touch for your focal image.

Deanna said...

GORgeous Colleen! I love that the embossing looks guilded! Such a pretty card! thanks for playing along over at PI!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Ooo this is gorgeous Colleen. I like how it has a vintage look to it with the technique you used on the bit of the embossing. The fiber helps with the theme as well. Just beautiful.

Bear Hugs
Carol

Corinna said...

I love your card! The fiber is gorgeous and perfect for the fall transition! Thanks for joining us this week at RCC, you're a TOP SPOOL! Be sure to stop by to pick up your badge!

Virginia L. said...

Way to go, Colleen, on being the Top Spool! Love the textures and embellishments!CONGRATS!

Becca Sadler said...

Kudos on getting a "Top Spool"! Love the card! The fact that part of it is re-used/recycled is tree-mendous!

Emily Keaton said...

Congratulations on being a TOP SPOOL, Colleen!! I'm so glad this card received some much-deserved recognition. You did a marvelous job with it. Woo hoo for you!!!!!!!!!!!

Shirley said...

Naturally beautiful!!

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